When I started going independent, that was also the time that Banana Yoshimoto’s short story “Kitchen” came out. I was thrilled with the juvenile love story, but fell in love with the process of preparing food–I didn’t know it could be that cool!
It was such a long time ago, and my B.Y. books are in the PH, but if I remember it right–Mikage, the lead character in the story prepared this breakfast for Eriko: egg, cucumber salad and soupy rice.
I can’t remember how she made the egg, but I have boiled egg and scrambled eggs here–the latter with a sprinkling of kalonji seeds. The cucumber salad was pickled for an hour in vinegar, sugar, salt and ground pepper. I didn’t make soupy rice, but just the usual boiled/steamed rice.